Shamshera director Karan Malhotra breaks silence after film’s box office failure, says he couldn’t ‘handle the hate and rage’

Ranbir Kapoor’s latest movie, shamshera, failed to gain the kind of support it hoped for from the public and critics. After a big round of promotions, the film, which marked Ranbirs return to the silver screen after four years, could manage to earn only Rs 31.75 crore during the first weekend. The film also received some disastrous reviews, and now director Karan Malhotra has written a note saying he “couldn’t handle the hatred and anger” that has been pouring in over the past few days.

Karan shared a post on Instagram captioned ‘Shamshera is mine’ and wrote: “My dear Shamshera you are majestic as you are. It is important for me to express myself on this platform because here is where all the love , the hatred, the celebration and the humiliation for you exists. I want to offer you my unimaginable apologies for letting you down in the past few days because I couldn’t handle the hatred and anger. My withdrawal was my weakness and there are no excuses for that.”

He continued: “But now I stand here, hand in hand next to you and feel proud and honored that you are mine. I will face everything together, the good, the bad and the ugly. And kudos to the Shamshera family, the cast and crew of Shamshera. The love, blessings and care that has fallen upon us are the most precious and no one can take that away from us. #ShamsheraIsMine #Shamshera.”

Shalini Langer of the Indian Express called the film “big, bad, loud and messy” in her review. The film also starred Vaani Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt. It was marketed as a quintessential mainstream Bollywood film and Ranbir’s first foray into the genre. He appeared in a dual role in the film, playing both a father and his son.

In an earlier interview with, Ranbir shared that part of the reason he chose Shamshera was because it was “for a wider audience.” He added: “It had a range of emotions, great characters and some great action scenes. It was this larger-than-life movie.”

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